Vypyr 100 Review

manufacturer: Peavey date: 01/16/2016 category: Guitar Amplifiers
Peavey: Vypyr 100
Any heavy sound you can think of can be dialed in on this beast.
 Sound: 5.5
 Overall Impression: 6
 Reliability & Durability: 8
 Features: 7.5
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overall: 7.8
Vypyr 100 Reviewed by: HunterTN, on january 05, 2011
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 399.99

Purchased from: Music Doctors, Kingsport TN

Features: This review is of the Peavey Vypyr 100 watt. It is a solid state amp. I play mostly metal myself, but this amp is DEVASTATING enough to play the heaviest of deathcore (and yes, death metal is well played too for you purists out there). It has the same stomboxes and rack effects as the 75. It includes the USB out, and the two jacks. One is for headphones (iPod headphones or other aux headphones fit). Each amp has two channels, and the amps are divided on either side. The left side has the high gain models (Krankenstein, Diezel, 6505, JSX, XXX) and the right said has the lighter amps like Plexi, Bad Cat, Brit, Twin Reverb etc. I am not familiar with the amps to the right side so I can't give you the original names of them all. The high gain amp models feature a green location for a lighter, crunchy type tone, and when you change the channel to red, it kicks it in to even higher gain. I use this amp for band practice, gigging, and bedroom use. It is well suited for both. There is more than enough power to do whatever you want with this piece of machinery.

There are lots of effects that I do not use, but there are plenty that are really good. The XR Wild, which I'm assuming is MXR Wylde sounds really good, and adds a nasally tone like Zakk's rig. There's a tube screamer which gives a bit of a boost to your overall sound, and an X Boost which just sends it into DESTROY mode. I could do without all the effects I guess.

I give the features an 8 out of 10 because while there are plenty of effects, many of them are not needed. Like I said, three or four of them are great though. // 8

Sound: Currently I'm playing through a Dean ML X, and it's just got stock hums in it. I plan on getting a better ML soon so it will probably sound even better through it. Like I said, I play mostly metal, but I have used the other ones to get great, buttery blues tones.

The 100 watt is solid state. And while we're on that topic, enough is enough with the solid state vs. tube argument. Look, it's obvious that tubes have a warmer, more organic sound, but DO NOT let that sway you. This amp sounds phenomenal. You will have no trouble covering drums, and I guarantee this would hang with the higher-end amps. The tone's of the two might be different (SS compared to Tube), but as far as volume goes, I can't see that you would ever need to get a higher wattage. This would most definitely get you through a medium sized club gig.

You can get some feedback if you're playing pretty close to the amp, but that is typical of alot of amps so no big deal there. It's not producing any hum for me, even at the higher volumes.

As far as general sound goes, in my house, I'm scared to crank it past like 4. It shakes the walls.

I would be willing to say that the clean channels do get distorted due to the Blue Maverick speakers in it (the 100w is a 2x12, btw), but I don't use those at that volume so I don't care.

DISTORTION.. what you've all been waiting for... Look no further for ANY amp in this price range. This will have to blown away. The Rectifier setting on the red channel will have you feeling like you've taken a hammer to the back of your skull. It is EXTREMELY HEAVY. The Krankenstein model on the red channel is so smooth, and it sounds great with the mids scooped. All of the other models are just as good. The 6505 model probably doesn't sound too much like it's real life counterpart, but that was expected. With that being said, that model still sounds really good.

For any metal player looking for the best possible amp that isn't tube, this is it.

The only bad thing about this amp: All models were uh.. modeled at a specific setting on each amp. For instance, the Krankenstein was modeled with the presence at like 7, so that's the sound you get. You can change the low, mid, and high, but that's it. I would like to be able to change the presence of these amps.

I give the Sound area a 9 out of 10 because it has fulfilled my every wish as far as sound goes. The only downside is that the amps were modeled on a specific setting, so you have to work around that. // 8

Reliability & Durability: I haven't used this at a gig yet, but I would. VYPYR's are known for being kind of buggy due to the fact that they are really just a computer. You can update firmware in the amps if you have a USB to MIDI cable to do it with.

It is built Chevy style, like a rock. The knobs do feel light, but the housing feels impenetrable.

My amp came with a 5 year warranty, so I count on this amp to last me awhile.

Im giving this section a 7 out of 10 because I've heard people mention that sometimes they can't even turn it on, but it's built solid so I feel comfortable hauling it around. // 7

Overall Impression: I play heavy metal, and this amp suits my style perfectly. Any heavy sound you can think of can be dialed in on this beast. I'm just now getting into blues and other genres that don't use higher-gain type amps so I can't say for sure that this would be the best amps for those genres, but if you're looking for a high end amp, on a lower-end budget, then get this one.

I've been playing for about 8 years, and I've played metal the whole time. Up until I got this amp I was running a 25w First Act amp, because I didn't realize how important an amp was to your sound. Since I've had this I've wrote things that sound so much better now. Maybe my review is a bit biased since I had that piece of shit amp for so long, but I'm trying to be as honest as possible in my review to help others in my situation.

If it were lost or stolen, this would be the first thing I went back to buy. Maybe I'd look for the Tube 60, but it wasn't available where I was (small town, so I have to work with what I got). The differences with tubes vs. ss isn't enough for me to blindly go get a tube amp so I'm more than satisfied.

My favorite thing about it is the high gain amp models. Crank this baby up to 3, and you're treading waters with Pantera, Metallica, Whitechapel, and dozens of other bands who use amps like that. My least favorite thing is the effects. Other than the XR Wild, the X Boost and the Tube Screamer, most of them are not needed (for me, others might find them useful). I compared this to other amps in the price range and couldn't find anything that even came close. I literally mean there was NOTHING that sounded this good. I tried two or three Marshall MG's, and only one Spider. Not even worth a comparison. Apples to bricks.

The only thing I wish it had was adjustable presence, but that is so minor that I don't care.

I give this amp an 8 out of 10 because it is the best SS amp on the market. Of course the higher end tube amps will have a better tone, but as far as ease of use, outward sound, and tone this amp is incredible. These should be selling for over 500 dollars. // 8

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overall: 5.8
Vypyr 100 Reviewed by: al3xanderw, on january 16, 2016
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 200

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features: I really REALLY wanted to like this amp. I tried to work with it, but in the end, I had to return it. I just could not put up with the faults and troubles it has, and I'll tell you why. But first, here's some info to get you acquainted with it. The Peavey Vypyr series was originally released in 2008. This is a review of the 100watt 2x12 combo version. These amps were made in China, and because of this, are fitted with the standard Blue Marvel 12 inch speakers. It is a solid state amp, that uses Peavey's Transtube technology in order to emulate a tube amp. There are 6 amp models designed to simulate popular high gain amplifiers on the left side of the amp knob. These are the Diezel, Krankenstein, Rectifier, 6505, JSX, and XXX. The right side of the knob gives you access to 6 "vintage style" amp models. In short... cleaner. These are the Fender Twin Reverb, Fender Deluxe, Marshall Plexi, Vox AC30, and Peavey Classic 50. Now even though the knob has 12 notches, you actually get 24 amp models, because when you press the knob in, you can toggle between the green channel (less beefy models) and the red channel.(Super beefy models) Additionally, you're given 11 "stompbox" effects, and 11 rack effects. (I won't get into those very much as you can find that info online pretty easily.) As far as EQ goes, you get Pre-Gain, Lows, Mids, Highs, and Post gain. Additionally, you get a master volume, and the power sponge feature. The power sponge allows you to controll the wattage output of the amp. This is NOT the volume, but we'll get to that. You also get an aux port, a headphone port, and a USB port. Again, we'll go over these in a bit. In the back, you get the MIDI footswitch port, and a power input. NO SPEAKER OUTPUT... and that's important. Overall, a pretty solid amount of features... but please keep reading. // 7

Sound: Ok, this is an amp... So this part should be your focus. Let's start with the right side of the knob... Aka the "low gain" amp models. My favorite of these is the Twin. It does do a good job at emulating a twin reverb, BUT ONLY ON ONE SETTING. This applies to all of the low gain amp models. Sure, you can get some good clean tones out of it, but try to crank it up, and it WILL break up very fast. I mean like master volume at 3 fast. To put this in perspective, the Vypyr's volume goes to 13. The EQ is somewhat useful, but you will feel constricted when using it, and that's a big problem for tone junkies like myself. To further elaborate this, on to the high gain models at the left side of the amp...

Again, you can get some ok tones with these, but the thing that makes this unnaceptable for me is the LIMITING. As it turns out, these amp models are not really "models" at all... They're more like pictures. Let's take the rectifier for example... Tries to sound like a popular Mesa Dual Rectifier... But with the presence locked at 3, adn the eq is about as sensitive as a rock. And this is the major downfall of this amp. NO PRESENCE ADJUSTMENT AND THE EQ DOES JACK S***.

I cannot stress just how limiting this is. And yes, there are some amps with no on board presence, but even they have some software or something (usually) to backdoor the problem. And for goodness sake, the eq should matter most of all! But sadly, on this amp, it has barely any effect whatsoever. What's more aggravating is that Peavey actually acknowledges that the EQ is so pathetic in the manual... "Some of the models have more sensitive EQ settings than others, and some have little effect." Really? Try ZERO effect. And the lack of presence makes the amp sound "cold" and dry, meaning there is almost zero saturation to the sound, whatsoever. It literally sounds like a MIDI guitar when you play... Computerized, and with no feeling. Now, I wanted to believe I was being stupid... I wanted to believe that the VYPYR was actually good. So, I mic'ed it against a Fender Mustang 1 V2... My first amp. Guess what... The Mustang sounded worlds better. The VYPYR was stale, and lifeless, much to my dismay. Now, I tried using the direct USB record function... Garbage. Somehow sounds even worse than the amp does live. Then I tried using the headphone jack... I don't think it even simulates a cab. It's that bad. If sound is your priority, please think on this for a while. You don't want to regret this like I did. // 3

Reliability & Durability: Now is it tough? Yeah it's tough! It's a Peavey. It both looks like and can take a beating like a tank. But well, so can a rock... and I could probably get a better sound out of that than the Vypyr 100. It's pretty lightweight for a 2x12... 46 lbs.. but it is definitely strong enough to take a hit. But I'd much rather have an amp that SOUNDS good and needs to be taken care of, than have a beastly tank with the sound of a scratchy chalkboard. The knobs were solid, and I bought it used, so that says something. The grille, however, was real fragile. Overall, would I use it in a gig without a backup? Sure... if I wanted to sound terrible. There's much better out there... even for $200. // 9

Overall Impression: I play everything... Hard rock, metal, blues, funk... you name it. I wish I could say this amp was good at all of them... it is not. It's not even good at one of them. In my opinion, (but this is after all just my opinion) it's not even a jack of all trades and master of none, nor is it a master of one... it's a jack of no trades and a master of none. But, you may find you think differently. Overall, the limits on the sonic adjustment and customization of this amp, coupled with the abrasive tones it made, made me return it, and I do not recommend this amp to anyone. // 4

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